Photo: Taavi Talve

Taavi Talve. Timbuktu

In the early 19th century the French explorer René Caillié was the first European to reach Timbuktu through the desert and also to return from there alive. Based on Caillié’s travel journals the German writer Werner Legère later wrote the novel I was in Timbuktu (Ich war in Timbuktu), which appeared in Estonian in 1959 as part of the book series Adventure Stories from Land and Sea. It is a story about self-transcendence, the race for colonial conquests and fantasies projected onto an unexplored corner of the world.